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Construction is one of the most dangerous industries in the world. In fact, 20% of all U.S. workplace fatalities in 2013 occurred on construction sites, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Construction sites can be hectic environments, with many contractors and other parties involved in bringing the project to life. There are hazards at every corner, which can make it difficult to determine liability when accidents and injuries occur. If a design flaw is determined to be the problem, can architects be held liable? A Complicated Issue Design flaw liability is a very complex legal issue. Typically, the ...
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Internet of Things (IoT) is not the science fiction anymore, it’s here and it is conquering the market of electronic home devices. You’ll just need to install the application on your smartphone, and remotely manipulate gadgets around your home. Almost every home device will get its smart version, and the text below will introduce you to some of the best ones so far. Control the temperature Winter months will most certainly increase electricity bills, but luckily, systems such as Hive and Nest Learning Thermostat will help you out. Once you install these smart thermostats, you’ll be able to control the temperature in your house regardless of your location. ...
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If you’ve already started looking for a contractor, you must’ve noticed there is quite a pool out there, making it even harder to pick the right one. This is nothing like hiring a handyman to do a thing or two around the house – you can always find another to finish the work. Bad contractors, on the other hand, make mistakes which are too complicated or costly to correct. Without further ado, here is what you need to know and do in order to find the best professional in the business. The more the merrier No matter if you already feel you’ve hit the jackpot with the very first contractor you’re interviewing, you should always interview some more potential ...
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If you want to grow your real estate business, you have to push the boundaries and generate more leads and customers as fast as possible. That’s not a walk in the park, but with the right approach and system you will be able to do wonders in the end. How can digital marketing help you though? Connect with your potential customers via e-mail The idea here is to create an e-mail database and send a newsletter with information that your audience really wants to know. The more content you create and the more informative it is, the easier it will be to generate more leads. Focus on website authority Optimize your website for SEO and make sure that ...
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The 2012 census claims that 1-in-5 people in the United States, or 56.7 million people , has a disability. A lot of these people will need some form of home modifications to ensure that their home is more accessible. If a loved one is disabled, making your home more accessible will make their lives easier . What options do you have? There are a lot of home modifications that aren’t going to break the bank, but they will make your home far more accessible. 1. Widen the Doorways If a Wheelchair is Needed One of the most frustrating aspects of being disabled is not being able to enter a room with ease. Heavy doors pose problems, stairs pose problems, ...
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If you possess some pieces of teak furniture, you must be feeling very proud. Not only is teak furniture elegant and timeless, but it is durable, too. As it is the case with valuables, you wish to preserve it in the best shape possible so as to enjoy it to the fullest. However, there are some misconceptions and doubts about the most suitable way take care of it, as well as dilemmas whether teak wood can be painted or not. For this reason, here are some brief instructions about cleaning and maintaining teak furniture. Cleaning process Regardless of the fact whether you’re keeping your teak furniture inside or outside, it deserves some nice cleaning ...
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An interview with Anne Fougeron FAIA By Mark English, AIA If you want to be an architect, you've got to go out there and look at real buildings. Since 1985, FOUGERON ARCHITECTURE is a nationally recognized design firm whose work exhibits a strong commitment to clarity of thought, design integrity, and quality of architectural detail. A lot of the women don't get their license, but they do go into related professions. You've got to claw yourself out of that hole. You have to fight the fight. You can't stay in the back, because nobody's going to fight that fight for you. NUMBERS MATTER. So, 16% of the Fellows are women, but half the undergraduate ...
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The time has come to stop paying the rent. You’ve made a firm decision to obtain a mortgage. It also implies monthly instalments, but at least this time you’ll be investing in your own home. Surely, being able to purchase a home without a mortgage would be great, but at the moment, getting the mortgage is a huge and necessary venture. So, let’s see what crucial steps you need to take so as to make yourself eligible for the loan. Boost your credit score This is one of the first things your potential lender is going to take a look at. To this end, you should do everything in your power to deal with all the issues prior to handing in the application form. ...
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2019 has begun and while we’re all excited about the coming year, you might wonder what workplace trends you should be ready for as we move ahead into the next twelve months. After all, it’s always best to be prepared! Let’s go over three workplace trends that you’ll need to be ready for this year. 1. Putting Employee Comfort and Satisfaction First One of the most significant workplace trends will be employers making employee comfort and satisfaction their highest priority. Remember that your workforce’s well-being and happiness is linked to its productivity and willingness to stay for the long haul. It’s essential to maintain a positive and ...
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Have you been wondering about popular design elements in the C-Suite, or executive office? If so, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ll go over some impressive furniture and design ideas that you can use to make your executive office appropriate for even the most successful CFO. A Superb Executive Desk An imposing and beautiful desk is an essential part of any executive office. There are many on the market for you to choose from. The one you decide on depends on your own individual style and taste, the exact impression you wish to make, and how each option harmonizes with the rest of your office design. While design trends ...
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The AAJ Courthouse POE Toolkit - What You’ll Receive Erin Persky, Associate AIA, CCHP   The Toolkit includes: An introduction to post-occupancy evaluations and the goals of this Courthouse Post-Occupancy Evaluation Toolkit. (The first article in this POE series also goes into detail about the origins and purposes of the Toolkit as it pertains to best practices.)  https://network.aia.org/academyofarchitectureforjustice/blogs/erin-costino/2017/09/17/a-poe-toolkit-for-courthouses?CommunityKey=6cb91d7c-05dc-4b48-97ea-b36b6034093e&tab= For users who would like to assess energy and environmental performance, ambient conditions such as acoustics ...
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Report from AIA AAJ Fall Conference 2018: Jersey City, NJ Tour:  The Red Hook Community Justice Center - Innovative Problem-Solving Courts at the Community Level  By:  Jacob Matthias Kummer   A few weeks ago (in November)  participants of the 2018 AAJ Fall Conference had the opportunity to visit the Red Hook Community Justice Center, the nation's first multi-jurisdictional community court. The Justice Center is a collaborative effort of Brooklyn’s District Attorney’s Office, the Center for Court Innovation, and the Office of Court Administration.  The experimental, problem-solving court takes a restorative approach to justice using sanctions ...
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Report from AIA AAJ Fall Conference 2018: Jersey City, NJ Roundtable Session:  Evidence-Based Design Approaches - Mentally Ill Offenders: Who is “My Keeper”?  By:  Jacob Matthias Kummer   Speakers: Laura Maiello-Reidy, Brett Firfer, Assoc. AIA, Richard Wener, PhD, Kevin Murrett, AIA, Elizabeth Ford, PhD.   The National Alliance on Mental Health estimates more than 2 million arrests in the US involve people with serious mental illnesses. Mental health and access to treatment is the number 1 challenge facing corrections today. Solutions need to coordinate appropriate treatment, and provide the right physical environment ...
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  Communications Committee Seasoned Professional Profile of Larry Hartman, AIA     Personal Information:   AAJ: What is your favorite piece of architecture?   LH: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater.  The integration with the site, the arrival/entry sequence, and the sense of scale and comfort are wonderful.  The extensive hand-drawings are delight.   AAJ: When did you first know that you wanted to be an architect?   LH: When I first learned there was such a profession, I wanted to be an architect.  My mother saved tiny drawings of houses I made starting at the age of four.    Why Justice?   ...
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It was great to see so many people at the AAJ Fall Conference in Jersey City this year!   Technically, this is our last journal of 2018!  We are calling this Q3 as we skipped our usual fall publication, however, this issue will make up for it.  I’ll tell you how now: First, we will focus on our latest Seasoned Professional, Mr. Larry Hartman.  I had the pleasure working with Larry on the AAJ Communications Committee for the past few years and he was a most generous colleague.  Larry who is recently retired, had a 36-year career focused on justice issues, he has planned and designed a wide range of complex projects including major prisons, large detention centers, ...
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One of the greatest things about being an architect is that there is always someone in need of a skilled professional like yourself. Our profession is generally admired and well-paid all over the world, isn’t it? If in doubt, just compare yourself to some other jobs on the market. Believe it or not, the world is your oyster and you can apply for a job almost anywhere. With this in mind, we chose the very best for you – the countries in question had the highest standard of living in 2018, and they offer some interesting advantages to architects. Australia The land down under is a wonderful place. Three of its cities have made it to the ...
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One would think that an architect firm hires only architects, right? Wrong! Depending on size, there are more members of staff whose majors didn’t include any of the architecture or design classes. Now, as an experienced architect, you already know which qualities to look for when hiring a new colleague. On the other hand, how can you tell a good employee from a bad one if you don’t know the specifics of their profession? Here are a couple of tips to guide you through. Where to find them First things first. In order to add more people to your team, you first have to announce you are hiring. There are several ways you can go around improving your candidate ...
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Construction business has a reputation for being one of the riskiest trades on the market. The working conditions are extremely dangerous, with employees doing their job on high scaffolds and using various tools, and the figures speak for themselves. If you are aware of the fact that 21% of all work deaths in the USA in 2018 were in construction, then it is fully understandable these tips are an obligatory read for everyone in the business. Here is what needs doing in order to prevent accidents from happening. Safety training Let us begin by saying that safety training is obligatory for both new and experienced workers. An uneducated employee is a potential ...
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So, you deem you’ve successfully redecorated a flat in, let’s say, Manhattan, and the only thing left is to present it to its owner. You have successfully completed all the challenges, and it’s time to show them off. However, in order for the owner to feel proud and satisfied, you need take everything one step further, and by that, we mean adding a few finishing touches. As irrelevant as they may seem, but it is these things that you mustn’t forget to do before calling in your client to tell them everything is in perfect condition. Therefore, here are some simple ways to make that perfection obvious. Vents and filters No one likes to be ...
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Rumor has it that architects are arrogant show-offs who always have their way. Oh, if only. The reality is much different, isn’t it? While architects are supposed to be pretty posh, proud and poised, only you know how many times you had to bite your lip or exclaim in irritation (when alone, of course). Here’s a list of most things that would drive any architect crazy, and a warm recommendation for all the readers to avoid them if it’s in their power. Irrational clients Irrationality, irritability and high demands seem to go hand in hand. Basically, if an architect had a dime for every impractical demand they had received, they would have become ...
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